The Gustav Sonata
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The Gustav Sonata

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Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland where the horrors of the Second World War seem distant. He adores his mother, but she treats him with bitter severity, disapproving especially of his intense friendship with Anton, the Jewish boy at school. A gifted pianist, Anton is tortured by stage fright; only in secret games with Gustav does his imagination thrive.

But Gustav is taught that he must develop a hard shell, 'like a coconut', to protect the softness inside - just like the hard shell perfected by his country to protect its neutrality. But despite this hard shell, nothing in Gustav's life can be called neutral. Older and increasingly curious about his absent father, Gustav discovers the traces of an erotic love affair - traces which still glow white-hot even now.
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Product details

  • 122 x 132mm | 68g
  • Audible/Bolinda Audio
  • Australia
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1489362207
  • 9781489362209
  • 2,056,330

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'Tremain has the painterly genius of an Old Master, and she uses it to stunning effect ... Glorious.' -- The Times 'This is a perfect novel about life's imperfection ... Tremain is writing at the height of her inimitable powers ... Remarkable and moving novel.' -- The Observer 'The Gustav Sonata is a magnificent novel, heartbreaking, unsentimental and beautifully written, and it reinforces my opinion that there are few writers out there with the dexterity or emotional intelligence to rival that of the great Rose Tremain.' -- The Irish Times
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About Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain is an English author, and current Chancellor of the University of East Anglia. Mark Meadows is a British actor with extensive theatre, film and TV credits, and is a frequent contributor to plays, musicals, narrations and readings for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. He has narrated around 80 audiobook titles and was a nominee for the 2013 Audible Narrator of the Year award. Mark also provided the voice of the ship's computer in Ridley Scott's Prometheus. Audible is a seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming on the Internet.
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7,633 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 26% (1,993)
4 44% (3,381)
3 23% (1,785)
2 5% (365)
1 1% (109)
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